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Governor Christie And Secretary Napolitano Hurricane Sandy Briefing In Hoboken

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Published on Nov 4, 2012

Hoboken, NJ - November 4, 2014. (Transcript Below)

Governor Christie: To see these things for herself, and we appreciate the continued assistance of the administration. I also want to thank the Salvation Army who is here for all of their efforts here in Hoboken. At the FEMA disaster center site they have a canteen that provides three meals a day, hot beverages, comfort kits and charging stations for folks. They're working to establish these in any community in need and we appreciate the Salvation Army.

I want to thank Senator Menendez and Senator Lautenberg who are here and who toured with me and Congressman Sires. I thank them all for being here and for their continued support as well. They are helping us in terms of our interface with the federal government and they have stood up and helped us a lot and I appreciate it from all of them. We were just stopped by a shelter at the Elks, where you see exactly what's so great about New Jersey, New Jerseyans volunteering their time to help those who have been most affected by the storm. We saw volunteers preparing and serving meals and providing a real service to those in need here in Hoboken. I want to thank those folks for their hard work.

And it's not just in Hoboken. I've been all over the state, and everywhere I've traveled, whether it's a local shelter or a Red Cross shelter or an impromptu roadside table that neighbors put together just to provide food and drinks for people who are working, this is the symbol of New Jersey coming together during a really difficult time. You know, a week ago today we were preparing for the storm to come tomorrow, and we're returning now to a new normal, one where power is coming back on, where people are able to start to fuel up again in their cars, where kids will be going to school, roads are cleared, and will have clean water to drink. Let me talk a few things specifically to you.First, about the power situation.

Remember, we started off with 2.7 million households out of power. We are now under a million households out of power as of this morning, which shows we're continuing to make substantial progress. Now for those of you who are out there listening who don't have power and are at a neighbor's house or a friend's house or at the Elks Club I know that when I tell you we're under a million people out of power from 2.7 that that does not mean a damn thing to you unless your power's on. I get it. I get it, all right, so we won't stop working until every last resident has their power back on. I was on with the utility company CEO's this morning at 9:30. I'll be on with them again at 5:30 this afternoon, and we are going to continue to push and shove and use my type of gentle persuasion—you know I'm able to do that, very subtle gentle persuasion to try to bring them along.

Now to let you all know what you're in store for though, one of the things I've demanded from them in this storm, because we learned this in Hurricane Irene, is twice a day they have to provide me with their worksheets: what towns they're in, how many people they're restoring to power that day. Those are all on the Internet. You go to nj.gov. Click on the Governor's site, and then there's an icon for Hurricane Sandy. You click on there. Pick your power company, and they will tell you—look for your town, how many were restored that day, so you know what you're in for. It won't make it go faster, but it will help you to plan. The faster part is me trying to get on them.

Down in South Jersey, Atlantic City Electric now has 98% of its customers online. Most of the rest of the people who aren't are people who probably can't receive power because their homes have been so destroyed. So we're very clear on that. Now they're moving their crews now up to North Jersey and Central Jersey to help JCP&L and PSE&G. PSE&G has 78% of their customers now with power and restored service to all of our major gas refineries and 80% of the schools in its service territory. I'll talk more about that in a minute. JCP&L has 75% of its customers with power, and Orange & Rockland up in northern Bergen County has just 61% of its customers with power, so I got a special call with them this afternoon. 61% is not acceptable after this period of time, so we're going to be on them...

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